Mumbai to Delhi via express highway in just 12 hours: Gadkari

Mumbai to Delhi via express highway in just 12 hours: Gadkari

Courtesy : Mumbai Bureau26/08/2018 17:11

Mumbai Bureau/ Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has expressed yet another ambitious plan. This time it's an express highway that will connect the national capital with the financial capital in just 12 hours.

The work for the first phase will begin by the end of this year. Gadkari gave this information while speaking to reporters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust at Uran near Mumbai.

"This project will cost around 1 lakh crore. It will be connected to Mumbai Nagpur Samruddhi express highway as well. The land acquisition for the project has begun. The contract for the first phase from Mumbai to Vadodara has already been awarded. Work will start in December and will be completed in next 2 and a half years," Gadkari said.

Gadkari informed that by changing the alignment of the route, his ministry has successfully brought down the project cost. "This route will travel through tribal routes like Alwar in Rajasthan, Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh and other tribal areas. As the route goes through backward areas the land acquisition rate has come down from Rs 7 crore per hectare to Rs 80 lakh per hectare. We will be saving Rs 16,000 crore through this," he added.

Apart from this, Gadkari also spoke about other water connectivity projects in the state. He said that water connectivity project from Thane to Vasai-Virar will be taken up in the first phase of Sagarmala project and an amount of 1200 crore has been earmarked for it.

Gadkari also informed that the ministry plans to raise Rs 10 lakh crore through "Bhatat mala" bonds for various infrastructure projects. The bonds are likely to be launched in October and Gadkari said they were trying to give returns of around 8.5 per cent on the bonds.

 Gadkari added that as a step to decongest commercial vehicle's traffic on Mumbai and Thane route, we are mooting a straight aligned route from Surat to Nashik to Pune.

 GANGA WILL CLEAN BY MARCH END

Gadkari also expressed confidence about the completion of the Ganga cleanup project. "There are 40 nallahs on the river Ganga and it's tributaries. Out of 255 projects, almost 60-65 are complete. There are 12 projects in Delhi itself and 11 out of these 12 have already been awarded. 12th project is with JICA. We have given a hybrid NUT model in Mathura, 80 MLD drain water is being bought by Indian oil. I can only say that by March end, 80 per cent of the work will be completed," he informed.

Gadkari also appealed people to contribute for the Ganga cleanup mission, saying that his department will be able to raise the fund but he wants people to participate in the mission through whatever little amount they can contribute.

"Till now we have received 250 crore as a donation for Ganga. We are building ghats and several other works. We have decided to collect funds from 1 crore people. Citizens can directly deposit their contributions to the account. We can anyway raise funds for this but we want people to contribute so I appeal people," he said. Asserting that he is known for completing targets Gadkari, however, said that the mission was difficult but he was hopeful.

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